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Making Tracks

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1982: A pair from the Roadrunner track and field team run hurdles for a promo photo.

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2018: UTSA’s Patrick Prince leads the pack at the Roadrunner Invitational meet.


Class Acts

Class Acts Past

1973: Dewey Davis, UTSA’s first faculty member, teaches an education course on the first day of classes.

Class Acts Present

2008: A science student works in UTSA’s Advanced Microscopy Laboratory


Full of Cheer

Full of Cheer Past

1981: The Roadrunner cheerleaders at the first pep rally, held in Sombrilla Plaza.

Full of Cheer Present

2016: The UTSA Cheer team greet the crowd at Best Fest in Sombrilla Plaza.


We Built This

Sealed & Delivered Past

1995: Construction workers erect the framework of the new Student Union expansion.

Sealed & Delivered Present

2016: The Student Union’s highlighted skeletal frame contrasts with a dusk sky.


Sealed & Delivered

Sealed & Delivered Past

1996: Workers prepare a floor inlay of the UTSA seal while expanding the Student Union.

Sealed & Delivered Present

2012: Using the Student Union to move between Paseo del Norte and Paseo Principal levels.


Pride in Fashion

Bust a Move Past

1973: The new University Bookstore opens, and staff help a student select a UTSA T-shirt.

Bust a Move Present

2012: Students show off T-shirts supporting their UTSA colleges.


Bust a Move

Bust a Move Past

1977: Students dance in Sombrilla Plaza at Beer Bust, the first official university party.

Bust a Move Present

2009: Student groups perform dance routines in Sombrilla Plaza during Best Fest.


University Growth

University Growth Past

1996: Looking west along Durango Boulevard (now César E. Chávez Boulevard) during the first phase of Downtown Campus construction.

University Growth Present

2012: Students gather on the lawn of the inner Bill Miller Plaza on UTSA's Downtown Campus.


Fiesta Confetti

Fiesta A Past

1978: Mark Whitney sprinkles cascarón confetti over Janet Landreth at the first Fiesta UTSA.

Fiesta A Present

2018: Forty years after the first Fiesta UTSA, cascarones are still a staple at the annual party.


Fiesta Fun

Fiesta B Past

1978: Sarah Garrahan hands out swag showing partygoers how to pronounce Fiesta UTSA.

Fiesta B Present

2016: Rowdy ensures attendees have the goods to make Fiesta UTSA an extra fun party.


Campus Fitness

Sports Past

1977: Taking a kick during tae kwon do student organization practice.

Sports Present

2015: A student makes her way up the climbing wall in the Rec Center.


Mighty Mascot

Mighty Mascot Past

1981: New mascot Rowdy "hatches" during a basketball game.

Mighty Mascot Present

2009: Rowdy rallies Roadrunner fans in the Convo Center.


If You Build It...

If You Build It... Past

1972: Aerial view of Main Campus construction.

If You Build It... Present

2015: Drone footage over Peace Circle.


Song and Dance

Song and Dance Past

1977: Beer Bust, the first campuswide shindig.

Song and Dance Present

2016: Lights at the Monument dance and fireworks.


Public Displays

Public Displays Past

1995: An early computer lab.

Public Displays Present

2016: A state-of-the-art classroom.


Let's Do Lunch

Let's Do Lunch Past

1980: Dining from the campus cafeteria.

Let's Do Lunch Present

2018: JPL food court with new eateries.


Off the Books

Off the Books Past

1979: JPL with original lobby design.

Off the Books Present

2016: After renovations and modernization.


On Historic Paths

On Historic Paths Past

1975: First class day on Main Campus.

On Historic Paths Present

2018: Same pathway, all-new views.